Best Award Winning Coffee in 2021

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A lot of coffee roasters or regions have awards attached to their brands. Farmers also place their best coffees to competitions in the local, regional and even international level. Most awards give gold, silver and even bronze medals for the best tasting coffee cup. Here’s our list of award winning coffees!

#1 Coffee Cup News - Peaberry Medium Roast Whole Bean Ka'u Coffee (16 Ounce), 100% Hawaiian Award Winning Coffee by Ka`u
  • Peaberry Coffee is made from a naturally occurring coffee bean mutation. While a regular coffee cherry contains two coffee beans, occasionally only one will develop and grow. This results in a single, round coffee bean – a peaberry! However, this mutation only accounts for about 5% of the coffee beans in a harvest. This is why it is such a prized bean.
  • Because of how it develops and roasts, peaberry coffee noticeably differs in flavor from regular coffee beans. Most notably, it will be a lot more complex in the upper range of flavors and aromatics , as well as a more syrupy mouth feel. Important factor in flavor is the processing method. This peaberry is made with washed coffee, which means the coffee was cleaned completely from all pulp and mucilage before drying. The result is a clean, classic coffee flavor – the perfect cup for any occasion
  • We roast this washed peaberry with our medium roast profile, which best showcases the beautiful bouquet of flavors that this bean offers! For regular washed coffee see our Washed Medium Roast. Or, for a darker roast Peaberry Coffee, check out our Roaster’s Choice!
  • Award Winning Hawaiian Ka'u Coffee, single estate sustainably grown at high altitude and handpicked. The soils of the district are young volcanic ash deposits from nearby Kilauea volcano; they are well drained and acidic in nature which the coffee plants love
  • Kaʻu Coffee Mill is Hawaiian full-service coffee plantation located in the district of Kaʻu on the Island of Hawaii. Our beans are stored green and small batch fresh roasted daily. The Hawaiian climate of the region provides sunny hot mornings, then a characteristic cloud filled afternoon with light rains. Then at night the cold mountain air flows off of Mauna Loa towards the coast cooling the region and allowing the coffee plants to store energy and sugars within the ripening beans.
#2 Coffee Cup News - Dark Roast, Whole Bean Colombian Coffee - Koffee Kult’s Award-Winning “Road Dog” Blend - 32 oz
#3 Coffee Cup News - Koffee Kult Coffee Beans Dark Roasted - Highest Quality Delicious Organically Sourced Fair Trade - W
  • ROASTING the coffee bean small batch dark roasted coffee, packaged immediately and shipped. Every bag is consistently the same! Shipped within hours of roasting.
  • TASTE Strong but the smoothest, cleanest tasting coffee ever. Bold flavor but smooth. Not bitter. Best choice of gourmet coffees.
  • ORGIN Columbia, Guatemala and Sumatra. We use rich, organic smooth, full-bodied whole coffee beans. These exotic raw beans are from around the world and are blended into precisely roasted coffee. There are many types of coffee beans. We developed this blend of rain forest friendly coffee beans to ensure unique quality, but most importantly, the freshness of the coffee. We use the best organic coffee beans.
  • ORDER Easy to order Just push the yellow button to order your fresh coffee beans online. They will be delivered to your door for your morning coffee.
  • SMELL Great aroma while whole, while ground, and while brewing. You will want to get out of bed just for the smell. Cupping Notes: Heavy Body, Smooth, Cinnimon, Bright with a long finish
#4 Coffee Cup News - Kivubelt Coffee - Farm to Cup - Rwandan Specialty Coffee - Premium Quality Arabica Specialty Coffee
  • From the Farm to Cup
  • Kivubelt Coffee is 100% pure high quality Arabica Speciality Coffee grown on the shores of lake Kivu in Rwanda
  • he high evaluation, the humid equatorial mist from the lake Kivu, and the rich volcanic soils emanating from the Virunga volcanoes create an ideal terroir for this unique and award winning coffee bean
  • Light dark roast with a mild finish, excellent for espresso, latte, cappucino, but also filter, drip coffee and french press
#5 Coffee Cup News - Organic Bourbon Barrel Roasted Coffee Beans 10oz, Limited Edition Barrel Aged to Perfection Whole Be
  • ✓BOURBON WHISKEY BARREL AGED COFFEE: Back for a limited time is our acclaimed Bourbon Barrel Coffee aged to perfection. We then slow-roast each bag by hand to bring out amazing flavors.
  • ✓SAVER THE AROMAS OF OUR FRESHLY GROUND BEANS: Your senses will tell you a lot about our coffee’s freshness and personality. Take time to smell and appreciate. Next, prepare some fresh coffee and take a whiff of the aroma as the Bourbon Coffee is brewing. Feel our passion delivered to true coffee lovers!
  • ✓BREATHTAKING TASTE NOTES: Our BOURBON WHISKEY BARREL AGED COFFEE is an African Grade 1 Single Origin Beans is medium roasted so your taste buds can perceive and appreciate The Bourbon Body, The Dark Chocolate, vanilla, and caramel with every sip.
  • ✓SUN-DRIED ON RAISED BEDS: Our USDA Organic BOURBON WHISKEY BARREL AGED COFFEE is sun-dried on raised beds. A natural, simple, intuitive and affordable process to choose the best beans, it requires no water, no artificial energy sources and generates almost no waste.
  • ✓100% CUSTOMER SATISFACTION GUARANTEE: Our dedication to you bring us far and beyond, if you're not satisfied with our coffee we'll give your money back, no questions asked.
#6 Coffee Cup News - Grand Parade Coffee, 1 LB Unroasted Green Coffee Beans - Panama Boquete Single Origin - Award Winnin
  • Flavor Profile: Tangerine, Cherry, Raisin, Caramel, Chocolate
  • Fair Trade Certified Panama coffee from prestigious Finca Lerida in Boquete. High Elevation coffee of Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai Variety.
  • 100% Specialty Arabica. Premium Central American Coffee with Similar Taste to Panama, Guatemala Green Coffee Beans.
  • Roast Green Coffee Beans to Fit Taste. Recommended Roast - Medium Roast
  • Packaged in 2-ply Foil Bag With Air Valve. Starter Sampler Size Pack For At-Home Roaster.
#7 Coffee Cup News - Natural Dark Whole Bean Ka'u Coffee (16 Ounce), 100% Hawaiian Award Winning Coffee by Ka`u Coffee Mi
  • Award Winning Hawaiian Ka'u Coffee, single estate sustainably grown at high altitude and handpicked. The soils of the district are young volcanic ash deposits from nearby Kilauea volcano; they are well drained and acidic in nature which the coffee plants love.
  • Naturally, processed coffees typically have heavier mouthfeel and exotic flavor profiles. Coffee beans are dried intact with all of their layers in this process including the coffee cherry and mucilage. The coffee beans are left to rest inside the cherry pods before being peeled (hulled) and prepared for shipment. At this stage the cherry is the texture of fruit leather. The result is the dense heavy body and exotic, wild berry flavors that have become synonymous with natural processed coffees.
  • Dark Roast Cupping Notes: Fruity, winey taste with notes of cherry, strawberry, passion fruit, and hibiscus. Also, a spiciness of cinnamon, cloves, and cedar. Finished with a heavy body and tones of cocoa and molasses. Delicious for a pour-over as well as espresso!
  • Kaʻu Coffee Mill is Hawaiian full-service coffee plantation located in the district of Kaʻu on the Island of Hawaii. Our beans are stored green and small batch fresh roasted daily. The Hawaiian climate of the region provides sunny hot mornings, then a characteristic cloud filled afternoon with light rains. Then at night the cold mountain air flows off of Mauna Loa towards the coast cooling the region and allowing the coffee plants to store energy and sugars within the ripening beans.
#8 Coffee Cup News - Peaberry Medium Roast Whole Bean Ka'u Coffee (8 Ounce), 100% Hawaiian Award Winning Coffee by Ka`u C
  • Peaberry Coffee is made from a naturally occurring coffee bean mutation. While a regular coffee cherry contains two coffee beans, occasionally only one will develop and grow. This results in a single, round coffee bean – a peaberry! However, this mutation only accounts for about 5% of the coffee beans in a harvest. This is why it is such a prized bean!
  • Because of how it develops and roasts, peaberry coffee noticeably differs in flavor from regular coffee beans. Most notably, it will be a lot more complex in the upper range of flavors and aromatics , as well as a more syrupy mouth feel. Important factor in flavor is the processing method. This peaberry is made with washed coffee, which means the coffee was cleaned completely from all pulp and mucilage before drying. The result is a clean, classic coffee flavor – the perfect cup for any occasion
  • We roast this washed peaberry with our medium roast profile, which best showcases the beautiful bouquet of flavors that this bean offers! For regular washed coffee see our Washed Medium Roast. Or, for a darker roast Peaberry Coffee, check out our Roaster’s Choice!
  • Award Winning Hawaiian Ka'u Coffee, single estate sustainably grown at high altitude and handpicked. The soils of the district are young volcanic ash deposits from nearby Kilauea volcano; they are well drained and acidic in nature which the coffee plants love.
#9 Coffee Cup News - Honey Italiano Roast Whole Bean Ka'u Coffee (16 Ounce), 100% Hawaiian Award Winning Coffee by Ka`u C
  • Award Winning Hawaiian Ka'u Coffee, single estate sustainably grown at high altitude and handpicked. The soils of the district are young volcanic ash deposits from nearby Kilauea volcano; they are well drained and acidic in nature which the coffee plants love.
  • Taking our Semi-Washed coffee to another level, this Italian roast of honeyed green bean makes for a delicious, dark, incredibly smooth and chocolaty cup of coffee!
  • Used as one of the two coffees for our in-house espresso drinks, this roast is especially good for lovers of extra dark coffee or espresso shots! The oils extracted with the Italian roast make for a very smooth, rich mouthfeel, leaving you with a delicious dark-cocoa aftertaste!
  • Kaʻu Coffee Mill is Hawaiian full-service coffee plantation located in the district of Kaʻu on the Island of Hawaii. Our beans are stored green and small batch fresh roasted daily. The Hawaiian climate of the region provides sunny hot mornings, then a characteristic cloud filled afternoon with light rains. Then at night the cold mountain air flows off of Mauna Loa towards the coast cooling the region and allowing the coffee plants to store energy and sugars within the ripening beans.
#10 Coffee Cup News - Washed Medium Whole Bean Ka'u Coffee (8 Ounce), 100% Hawaiian Award Winning Coffee by Ka`u Coffee Mi
  • Award Winning Hawaiian Ka'u Coffee, single estate sustainably grown at high altitude and handpicked. The soils of the district are young volcanic ash deposits from nearby Kilauea volcano; they are well drained and acidic in nature which the coffee plants love.
  • The washed process involves completely removing both the cherry and the mucilage from the outside of the parchment with the use of friction, fermentation and water. Bright aroma – delicate but authoritative. Rich and sweet acidity. Complex and balanced flavor with notes of plum and citrus. The classic fruit/floral aromatics lean toward chocolate in the aroma, fruit in the cup, and carry through cleanly into the long, sweet finish. Lingering aftertaste.
  • Medium Roast Cupping Notes: Bright aroma, delicate but authoritative, with a rich and sweet acidity. First, you will note the classic fruit/floral aromatics that lean toward chocolate. In the first sip, you will taste the complex and balanced flavor with notes of plum and citrus, which then cleanly carry through into the long, sweet finish. In the end, each sip leaves you with a delicious lingering aftertaste!
  • Kaʻu Coffee Mill is Hawaiian full-service coffee plantation located in the district of Kaʻu on the Island of Hawaii. Our beans are stored green and small batch fresh roasted daily. The Hawaiian climate of the region provides sunny hot mornings, then a characteristic cloud filled afternoon with light rains. Then at night the cold mountain air flows off of Mauna Loa towards the coast cooling the region and allowing the coffee plants to store energy and sugars within the ripening beans.

Award Winning Coffees

Award categories can differ from one award to the other for instance best roaster coffees in the world, best single origin coffees or even the best coffee based on states.For instance a competition depending on countries, the counties wanting to participate place their best coffees from the best crops for competition. If a certain country’s coffee wins it usually means that countries coffee can become popular with many people wanting to taste the award winning special. Most of the time implies that the market for this country’s coffee sprout toward succession if the country continue offering such great products (Awards markets the coffees positively).

A general procedure for coffee awarding process

1. The roasters (or farmers/even regions) are invited for coffee competitions for specific or general categories. Sometime a fee is usually paid to enter such award competition.2. Participators coffees are sent to the competitions mostly in coded packages such that the judges are not able to identify individual coffees origin.3. All this coffees are then prepared using particular recipes and then passed to judges for tasting who give award individual scores for each coffee. The brewing method may be French press, filter, and espresso among others.4. After this the scores for each coffee are put together to determine the winner of the competition. As any other competition gold medal is awarded to the number one coffee.In some competition a score is set for the gold winning coffee where at times no coffee reaches this score and others several coffees do. It all depends with how a competition is organized. Gold medals do not always mean being the best scorer in a competition.Award winning coffees can belong to several levels for instance; national level, world level and regional level. Some major countries like the US and Australia organize competitions which are often considered as international.

Some Famous Coffee Awards

 

America good foods (GFA) Awards

This is a competition to choose drink and food crafters who really qualify and put more effort in demonstrating and developing authentic, quality, and tasty and also products which represent responsibility. These awards include coffee roasters who want to demonstrate their effort in delivering quality coffees from different producers.The winners are usually selected using flavor properties like clean, sweet, balanced acidity, good developed body and aromatic quality and properties. For the farmers and roasters to get entrance to these awards, they must demonstrate transparency and fairness all the way from the coffee bean to the final cup. This foundation also acts as 3rd party in the certification of coffees and helps identify eligible beans across contents for consideration.Some of the coffees that come at top in the 2018 yearly awards include: Compelling coffee- Ethiopian Banko Gotiti, California, Blueprint coffees, Ethiopian Hambela from Missouri, Yirgacheffe natural again Ethiopian coffee from Washington Vashon coffee co. and many other Ethiopian coffees roasted in United States roasters. The total winners were fifteen all coffees with Ethiopian origin. This just demonstrates how great the Ethiopian coffee is.

Australian Coffee Awards

There are about three international and well known coffee awards in Australia.1. Royal society of agriculture NSW (RAS) – this is held just before Sydney show of royal Easter.2. (AICA) International Australian coffee awards which is held before international Melbourne coffee Expo3. Golden Bean which is organized as portion of Golden Bean industrial conference.From all this awards, gold, silver and bronze is given according to the cup marks in terms of flavor and aroma. This cups can be brewed into categories of blend espresso, single origin espresso, milk flavored coffee, filtered coffee among others. AICA competition is usually participated by specialty good quality coffees while the RAS mostly attract coffee styles such as lower acid and dark roasted coffees. The specialty of the competition depends on the organization background which prepares such competition and also the judges invited to award scores to the coffees.

Type of competitors entering competitions

1. People who have less knowledge on competition platforms. This is the type of roasters who put all the coffees they have in every category that is possible. Most of the times, such competitors bring confusion to those awarding the scores. Note that the coffee might not be bad quality actually but put in wrong categories. Take a scenario where a high-grown dense coffee is put in light roast competition rather than a dark roast (dense bold coffee do well on dark roasting). Another scenario is giving a coffee which can do well as cold brew for espresso, or good coffee for immersion brewing for dripping category. It is obvious that some coffees do well in some brewing and roasting methods than others.2. Roasters who got good coffees and have tested them for the different categories on competition scene. This is competitors who have done tasting for their coffees and actually decided the beast for each category. For instance, the company may have this great coffee that is very suitable for brewing with sugar and condensed milk and at the same time make a good filtered black coffee. In the competition a single coffee may win award in two categories either gold, silver or the Bronze Medal.3. The other type of competitor is these roasters who want to be the top winner in a competition and thus samples all their coffees to get the very best. The best coffee is then roasted to the specifications. For instance a roasting company may contain the rare and much flavored coffees in the world like Gesha variety. The taste is very unique and the coffee can just be amazing more than any other sample.Note that it is not every one else who join a coffee competition. It is also important that a certain coffee being sampled by different judges and emerges the best means that this coffee is deliciously flavored and really stand out among all the others.

European coffee awards

One of the popular European coffee awards is the coffee European award. Some of the 2017 winners are espresso house, Starbucks, caffe Nero and costa coffee companies among others. Other awards are queens enterprise, great taste and Feefo trusted awards.

 

Other award winning coffees

1. Danes specialty in Australia south wales (new) – this is a roaster committed to getting the best coffees roasting them, retailing and then wholesaling the coffees. Danes is one of the Australian award winning roasters.

2. Roast things- this is a coffee roaster based in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and the company specializes in roasting the specialty coffees. They source good, authentic, delicious, colorful and quality coffee beans all the way from farming.

3. Colombia Castillo- this is a bean roaster in the capital of Australia. This combines the most distinct blends of dark wine, pineapple, chocolate, high cocoa and is really a good rich flavor coffee. The coffee is characterized by composite flavor, full bodied, rum cherries, dark fruit, high chocolate and cocoa finish and Shiraz.

4. Cream an espresso champion- this is a blend prepared by roast things roasting company in Malaysia. It is much flavored and is blend from Ethiopia and Guatemala some of the beast coffees. This coffee is black providing some black tea with juicy orange and sweet flavor.

5. Mocha gold- champion for milk brewing and made by Dane specialty. It is thick and black with juicy undertones and complex rich flavor with chocolate, cocoa and spicy notes. It is very smooth with intense flavor of chocolate with malt and velvet undertones and well finished.

6. (Kochere) Ethiopian yirgacheffe- made by New Zealand chiasso coffee ltd. the coffee is high end from the source. Yirgacheffe coffee is popular and has won a lot of awards. 

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